DepEd has released the 2013 Graduation Rites. The 2013 graduation rites shall focus on the theme “Building the Nation’s Future Leaders Through the K to 12 Basic Education Program” or the “K to 12 Basic Education Program-Tungo sa Paghuhubog ng mga Makabagong Lider ng Bansa.”
DepEd reiterates its graduation rites policy as contained in DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2012, to wit:
Public school heads (SHs), teachers and other DepEd personnel should not be allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution for the graduation rites;
PTAs may gives donations in cash or in kind for the graduation ceremonies and celebrations;
No non-academic projects should be imposed as requirements for graduation;
No extravagant special attire or extraordinary venue for the ceremonies should be required;
Graduation rites should not be exercised in splurging and display of pomp and pageantry but should be Spartan affairs which exhort civic duties, sense of community and personal responsibilities and should be memorable, exciting and animated without baggage of extra cost and excessive spending; and
Contributions for the annual yearbook, if any, should be on voluntary basis.
It added that graduation rites “should be conducted in an appropriate solemn ceremony befitting the graduating students and their parents shall not be used as political forum.”
Credits to: http://philnews.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/DO-No.-9-s.-2013-Graduation-Rites.pdf
my opinion, it is a very clear guideline but every year, it is being violated since graduation rites especially in Public schools are being attended by politicians and they are given more VIP treatment rather than the graduates and their parents.